8 Denver Startup Week Sessions Every Founder Should Attend

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Denver Startup Week brings together local leaders in business, government, technology, and more for five days of exhilarating events that cover a myriad of topics. Entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts can learn about building a successful company culture, executing a product launch with zero budget, and so much more. But as a founder, one of your primary jobs is  to strategically grow your business and outline a plan to finance your company as it scales.  It’s worth every bit of your time to ask questions of the experts and learn from those who have been there before you. Here is a list of sessions that will help you evaluate your funding options from the conception of your business up until exit. 

These eight Denver Startup Week events will help entrepreneurs understand, prioritize, and tackle funding at every growth stage. Check it out and add these sessions to your calendar:  

All Stages:
No matter where you are in your growth cycle, having an accurate cash-flow forecast is a must. 

Cashflow Forecasting for Companies at All Stages: A Workshop
(Thursday 9/15: 8:00-9:30am)

Start your Thursday with us! P2Binvestor’s CEO Krista Morgan and CFO Drew Lyon, owner of Focused Energy, will lead an interactive workshop to help business leaders gain the knowledge, confidence, and tools needed to manage common cash flow challenges. Whether your company is growing fast, just getting started, chugging along, or entering survival mode, join us and start working on your numbers. Hands-on help will be provided after the session along with refreshments. Add it to your DSW calendar here or register to attend remotely via Facebook Live. 

When: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Where: P2Binvestor
1120 Lincoln St Ste 100

Early stage: bootstrapping, crowdfunding, and generating traction

Bootstrapping – 3 Founders, Millions in Revenue, 0 Funding
(Tuesday 8:00-9:30am)

Are you an entrepreneur considering bootstrapping your next business, or an early-stage founder figuring out what form of funding would work best for you? Join three CEOs—Josh Elson of FluentStream, Michael Ward of Net Results, and Jeff Gladnick of Great Dental Websites—for a fun and illuminating conversation on how they built their businesses from the ground up to earn millions in revenue (respectively) annually. Register here. 

When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Where: Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP
1550 17th Street, Suite 500

Bootstrapping without Being Strapped
(Thursday 12:00-1:00pm)

Hosted by JP Morgan Chase (JPMC) at Denver Startup Week’s Basecamp venue, this event features a panel of three CEOs representing an interesting and diverse range of local experiences. Tynan Szvetecz of Commerce Kitchen, Dave Bacon of BWBacon, and Mike Freeman of Innosphere will explore their lessons learned from successfully bootstrapping a business in a discussion moderated by Donna Schulte, JPMC Area Manager for Northern Colorado. Register here. 

When: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Where: Denver Startup Basecamp launched by Chase
1515 Arapahoe St.

Crowdfunding & Beyond: How a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Can Unlock the Door to Future Success
(Friday 12:00-1:30pm)

Round out the week by joining a panel of crowdfunding experts for an enlightening workshop on how to create and run a successful crowdfunding campaign. This panel has collectively worked on over forty campaigns, helping clients to raise over $8 million in capital. Register here. 

When: Friday, September 16, 2016
Where: Wells Fargo Center
1700 Lincoln ST #2500

Growth stage: managing money matters as your company scales

Zero to Revenue, The Eight Things You Need to Know
(Wednesday 4:00-5:30pm)

Join Augur COO, Paul Foley, Automox CEO, Jay Prassl, Shinesty CMO Jens Nicolaysen, and Walthrough CEO, Pascal Wagner, as they discuss tips on how to build and grow your company’s revenue. Register here. 

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Where: Colorado Lending Source
1441 18th St.

Both Sides of the Funding Table
(Monday 3:00-4:00pm)

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a panel to discuss the deal-making process from the perspective of entrepreneurs as well as financiers. Panelists include Peter Adams, Director of the Rockies Venture Club, and Mike O’Donnell, Executive Director of the Colorado Lending Source. A recent funding recipient of each institution will also join Adams and O’Donnell for this lively discussion moderated by Abram Sloss, Executive Director of the Denver Metro SBDC. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about how entrepreneurs and financiers strike a balance that works and also about how to secure funding from non-traditional sources. Register here.

This event is co-hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Denver Metro SBDC, and Gensler.

When: Monday, September 12, 2016
Where: Gensler
1225 17th Street, Suite 150

Optimizing Tax Strategy, Systems and Valuations for Growth Companies
(Tuesday 8:00-9:30am)

Planning for the future of your company, or interested in how to best position your enterprise to succeed financially as you scale? SMEs from Hein CPA firm will go through best practices in designing and maintaining an optimal tax structure, utilizing tools and technology to maximize efficiency and manage growth, and preparing to fund or transfer ownership of your business. Register here. 

When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Where: Galvanize Golden Triangle
1062 Delaware St.

Not Selling the Farm – The Delicate Balance Between Raising Capital and Keeping Control of Your Company
(Wednesday 10:00-11:30am)

During this session, GoSpotCheck cofounders Matt Talbot and Samantha Holloway will talk about some of the risks and drawbacks associated with huge funding rounds, and how to raise money effectively without “selling the farm.” Whether you are new to the startup scene or a seasoned entrepreneur, this discussion will make you reconsider what you already know about building a business with integrity and long-term vision. Register here. 

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Where: CSU – Denver
475 17th St., Ste. 200

With hundreds of ideas initially submitted for voting, Denver Startup Week has curated several days of awesome content for the benefit of our community. From sessions on the startup food service scene to the panels on finance listed above, Denver Startup Week offers a wide range of events for entrepreneurs of all kinds. We hope these sessions will provide you with the insight you need to strategically grow your startup. Have a great week, and we’ll see you out there!

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